净化白业   林钰堂

 

 

密法火供时
供等份的黑白芝麻
以表净化罪业及善业
       (又称黑业、白业)

罪业需净化 理所当然
善业何待净化
良以一般行善
难免自居有德 窃窃自喜
转而衍生高傲之态度
以及嫉恶如仇的心态
以致于不能容忍异己
更遑论从事耐心的感化
如斯辗转
纵然将来能享人天福报
还是难免为业所系而不得脱出轮回

佛法修行的目标
既要解脱轮回生死之苦
更要圆满智悲 回归本来清净
进而渡化一切众生
所以善业而夹杂人见我见之溷浊
都需要以无我无人的空性净化之
火供黑白芝麻
即表以空性智悲之火消尽一切业障


 

                     二○一一年五月一日

                    养和斋   于加州


 

To Purify White Karma

 

Yutang Lin

 

 

During Tantric fire sacrifice rituals
Equal amount of black and white sesame seeds are offered
To signify purification of both sinful and benevolent karmas
   (Also known as black and white karmas)

Sinful karma should be purified
   This is of course sensible
Why should benevolent karma be purified
It is because ordinarily people who perform charitable deeds
Could hardly avoid regarding themselves as virtuous
   And rejoicing internally in such self-esteem
Consequently yielding arrogant attitudes and even
   Animosity toward wrongdoers as if they were enemies
To the extent that they are intolerant to different approaches
   Not to mention to be able to persuade others with patience
Thus as events evolved
Even though they may enjoy blissful rewards in human or heavenly realms
They still could hardly avoid being bound by karma
   And thus could not escape from transmigration in Samsara

The goal of Dharma practices is
Not only to gain liberation from the suffering of transmigration in Samsara
But also to attain perfect union of wisdom and compassion so that
One may regain original purity and then help all beings to become enlightened
And hence benevolent karmas that are polluted by views of person and others
All need to be purified by Sunyata that is free from notions of self and others
Thus offering black and white sesame seeds into the fire altar
Signifies consuming all karmic hindrances through
   The fire of wisdom and compassion in Sunyata

 

Written in Chinese and translated on May 1, 2011
El Cerrito, California

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